Thinking you won't get the value out of a season pass? Many resorts offer discount cards that can get you on slopes for less than ticket window prices. Discount lift ticket cards are available at several interior British Columbia resorts, including Panorama Mountain Village and Whitewater Ski Resort. Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) also has a card valid for its three resorts: Kimberley Alpine Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, and Nakiska in Alberta.

Panorama sells its Snowcard, which grants four days of lift tickets, on sale until Dec. 26. Rates for the card vary by age, with the card costing $134 CAN for adults, $124 CAN for youth and seniors, and $99 CAN for juniors.

The downside to Panorama's card is that it is not valid 11 blackout holidays, but the upside is that additional lift tickets after the four days can be purchased at $15 off regular prices for the rest of the season. A direct-to-lift option is available for those who want to skip the ticket window line. The card is available online or in person at the resort.

Whitewater's Powder Plus Card combines discounts with free days of lift tickets. The first and sixth day are free, while cardholders get $5 off regular lift ticket prices on all other days.

The card is a good one for those who miss the deadlines on other sales as it is available all winter long. It costs $69 CAN for adults, $55 CAN for youth and seniors, and $42 CAN for juniors. The card has no blackout dates, includes discounts in the ski and rental shop, and can be purchased online.

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies is offering their Ski More Card for the second year. The card, valid at Kimberley, Fernie, and Nakiska, gives lift ticket discounts and free ski days. The cards, which cost $75 CAN, grant free lift tickets on the first, fourth, and seventh days with lift tickets discounted on other days $8 to 26, depending on the resort.

Ski More Cards have a direct-to-lift option available to bypass the ticket window. The card, which is on sale until Dec. 26, can be purchased online, at any of the three resorts, or at the Calgary office.

A parent who purchases the Ski More Card can get a free RCR Kids Club card for their kids. The RCR Kids Club card gives a $5 discount on lift tickets.

More information: Panorama, 866-601-7387; Whitewater, 250-354-4944 or 800-666-9420; Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, 403-254-7669 or 800-258-7669.